Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mardi Gras Mambo: Krewe of Bacchus CLOSED

The Krewe of Bacchus parade was founded in 1968 by some New Orleans business leaders whose wished to revitalize Carnival season.


The original Krewe of Bacchus was thought of by Owen Brennan, Sr.. In the late 1940’s, he realized that a a lot of his tourist crowd was unhappy with Mardi Gras. At that time, Carnival balls at Mardi Gras were predominately closed to anyone outside of New Orleans’ society circles. So, In 1949, he decided to spend an enormous amount of money, and revolutionize the Mardi Gras. Brennan did this by creating the brand new Krewe Bacchus, which was open to tourists. Brennan was able to stage two Bacchus Carnival balls, one in 1949 and the other in 1950 before he passed in 1955. Regrettably, he did not live to see Bacchus form into what it would become.
In 1968, Carnival in New Orleans had been losing its luster slowly but surely. People were talking around town about what should be done to give a spark to the celebration.
Early in 1968, Owen Brennan, Jr., held a meeting to address this problem. What emerged was a rebirth of the vision his father conceived almost 20 years earlier: The Krewe of Bacchus.
It was decided that the Krewe of Bacchus would break with Carnival tradition by staging a Sunday night parade that would be the highlight of the Carnival season. Its floats would be bigger and more spectacular than anything previously seen in Carnival. Furthermore, Bacchus decided to have a national celebrity king lead its parade, breaking ranks with 113 years of Carnival tradition.

On Sunday, February 16, 1969, the Krewe of Bacchus staged its first Mardi Gras parade. The theme was "The Best Things In Life", and the procession was led by celebrity king Danny Kaye. The 250 member, 15 float entourage took to the streets of New Orleans showering thousands of spectators with over a million strings of beads and 300,000 doubloons. The new parade was a smashing success.

The Krewe of Bacchus had left a lasting mark on the City of New Orleans and had proven to be the boost that the Carnival season so desperately needed. Now, with more than 1,350 members and 33 animated super-floats, the Krewe of Bacchus is revered as one of the most spectacular Krewes in Carnival history.
This year's theme is "Creatures of the Imagination" and King Bacchus is Val Kilmer.

Bacchus, in Greek mythology, was the god of wine and vegetation. He showed mortals how to cultivate grapevines and make wine. So to show our love of wine and Bacchus, the folks over at d'Pholk designs has offered to sponsor this giveaway.

They are generously offering one lucky reader a Wine Bottle Serving Tray.
Their eco friendly serving trays are made from recycled wine bottles. They carefully clean each bottle and remove the label before placing them into a kiln. Once flattened, each tray is individually decorated and comes with its own cheese knife which is tied on with raffia. Perfect for use in your home or as a gift.
This tray is made using a green glass wine bottle and is decorated with a lovely round focal bead. It comes with a white cork cheese spreader. They follow strict fusing and slumping techniques to give you an original, one of a kind functional and decorative art.

If you would love to have one of these to use at your next party, just enter below.
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99 comments:

Wanda said...

I would love to have a red and amber drop ring vase - almost as much as I'd love to have that wine bottle serving tray! I can't believe they get such gorgeous colors and clever designs out of reusing glass. Thanks so much for an excellent giveaway.
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coliebear said...

I would love to have the blue dot serving tray. We are beginning to entertain more and I am trying to collect pretty pieces to use.

Jean said...

I would like the Fused Glass Star Suncatcher - Lavender with copper wire

sweetsue said...

The Fused Glass Drop Ring Vase is my favorite. It's gorgeous!
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The Blessed Bee said...

I love the red and silver Fused Glass Star Suncatcher. Good luck to everyone.

Lady Roxi said...

Love the Black and White Decco Fishscale Dish.

Thanks,

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Deborah said...

What beautiful work! I'd love to have the Fused Glass Fishscale Serving Tray. asthenight at gmail dot com

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I really like the Fused Glass Star Suncatcher - Lavender with copper wire. Very lovely and unusual! Thank you!

Ashley said...

Love the yellow and black glass bowl! What a beautiful piece!
Thanks for sharing.

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Tina12312 said...

I love their Fused Glass Fishscale Serving Tray. Thank you so much!

PAIGE said...

I just adore the Fused Glass Fishscale Serving Tray -I want and need it.

mogrill said...

I really like the multi colored large fused glass pot! Such great stuff!!

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marthajane said...

I like the round glass 11" plate/tray with the different color dots.

Hil'Lesha said...

I love the Red and White Fused Glass Bowl.

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beth said...

I also like the Large Fused Glass Pot Melt Bowl. Very pretty. THank you for a great giveaway!
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The Behlmers said...

I like the Blue Dot serving tray. Thank you!
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M.A. said...

I would love to have the Black and White Decco Fishscale Dish.

Jackie said...

I would love to have the Fused Glass Christmas Tree Ornament. It's so pretty...and would look lovely with the Christmas tree lights. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

Baba said...

I love the Colorful Large Fused Glass Serving Tray - 11 Inches.

Mia J. said...

I would also like the Small Blue and White Fused Glass Bowl - Antique Lace Design.

Kasey Reon said...

I love the hanging vases. There were a couple that caught my eye. Something like that would look good hanging in the window above my sink in the kitchen.

Nickolay said...

I like the red and silver Fused Glass Star Suncatcher.


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idahomom said...

Colorful Large Fused Glass Serving Tray would be used a lot at our house.

Tfacey said...

I would love the Large Fused Glass Pot Melt Bowl... in red and orange!

wendy said...

Small Blue and White Fused Glass Bowl - Antique Lace Design is an item I would love to have.

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Kt said...

The Fused Glass Pot Melt Bowl - Light Blue and Pale Pink is gorgeous! thanks!

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joahsgrandma said...

Colorful Large Fused Glass Serving Tray - 11 Inches -- I'd display it all the time.

joahsgrandma said...

I requested to follow you on Twitter and I tweeted the giveaway.

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lydiaw said...

he large fused glass serving tray is lovely. Thanks for the giveaway!

TXsunlover said...

I like the Fused Glass Blue Flower Ornament.
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Vic said...

I love the Three Heart Fused Glass Love Suncatcher! So pretty. utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

kathy55439 said...

Fused Glass Fishscale Serving Tray I love glass art wish i could do it myself

Deb K said...

Oh~I love the Colorful Large Fused Glass Serving Tray! I have never seen anything like this.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Kate said...

Love the Fused Glass Bowl (Rainbow)! Thanks!!

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lsfish said...

I like the Small Blue and White Fused Glass Bowl - Antique Lace Design

demmi said...

the Fused Glass Rainbow Pot Melt Bowl con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

Sarah Z said...

Would love the Fused Glass Drop Ring Vase - beautiful colors!
Thanks
Sarah
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purango said...

I would love to have the Large Fused Glass Pot Melt Bowl.garrettsambo@aol.com

Taylor said...

I really Love that Fused Glass Red and Amber Drop Ring Vase! It would look Grand in my kitchen and please accept my entry, thanks. skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

liliesrnice said...

I like the fish scale serving try. I love all the different colors on one tray!

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I love the Fused Glass Rainbow Pot Melt Bowl!

SO pretty with all the colors !

Great way to serve up something sweet!

Maybe fill it with nuts !!!!!!!!!

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Sarah said...

I really like the Fused Glass Rainbow Pot Melt Bowl (and this giveaway!)

Proud Wife of a U.S. Soldier said...

I love the Fused Glass Pot Melt Bowl - Light Blue and Pale Pink. It is so pretty. I would put it in my kitchen with some fruit in it as decoration.

kat said...

I love the Blue Dot Serving Tray. I would reaaly like the Wine bottle serving tray as well...thanks for a really ice giveaway

rosannepm said...

One of the items I love is the Colorful Large Fused Glass Serving Tray
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msvickik said...

Lots of nice things! But I really love the 4 fused glass hearts. Thanks!!!

elsmarlouamrman said...

I love the Fused Glass Star Suncatcher - Light Amber with copper wire - so pretty, I would use it as an ornament for my Christmas tree. Thanks for this chance.

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Starlitblond said...

I love the Fuse Glass Star Suncatcher - Blue with copper wire... I love stars and I love blue!!!

autumnbride7 said...

I adore the Fused Glass Drop Ring Vase. I love vases and this one is beautiful!

Kathy said...

The Red and White Fused Glass Bowl with the Antique Lace Design is the best. I would like to have one of those. Val Kilmer is great, too.

Swtlilchick said...

I love the Fused Glass Pot Melt Bowl yellow and black.So pretty
and colorful.Thanks for the giveaway

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bndraldy said...

My favorite is the Colorful Large Fused Glass Serving Tray - 11 Inches. It would be perfect for occasions where you want multiple cheese, cracker, fruit combinations or finger sandwiches. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

ldrnc2000 said...

The Fused Glass Drop Ring Vase is cool! I would love to have it! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

lilyk said...

I love the Fused Glass Red Heart Suncatcher!

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